Beauty & Fashion Kuel Thought Leader: Gail Scott
Ah, the challenge of looking great in Summer.
How To Look HOT While You Stay COOL:
The heat and the sweat can wreck your look. But don’t give up, get smart about how to look HOT while you stay COOL.
We often add interest to a look with layers. In the heat, we may only want to take layers off. Look for sheer layers in gauze or linen, or the the hot trend of open-weave knits. Seek out other ways to add interest, like accessories.
“Pick one with an open weave to let heat escape from your scalp.”
Check out items like cooling scarves that can both help your look and your temperature. Choose accessories that are light-weight, rather than heavy metals. You can find adorable earrings in resin, plastic, rattan, and acrylic. They are so light-weight that you will not notice that you are wearing them.
Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can be like carrying around your personal shady spot. Pick one with an open weave to let heat escape from your scalp.
Loosen Up Even When It’s Hot:
Being bound up with tight fabrics that do not breathe is asking to suffer. Choose cuts that allow for air to circulate. Consider a skirt or dress as opposed to slacks. Some of the new high-tech fabrics will wick moisture away from your skin, cooling you off and keeping you comfortable. Fabric choice is even more critical when choosing undergarments in this season. Lose the shapers and get some air!
When traveling, take extra undergarments and change mid-day if needed. A fresh dry pair of undies can change your attitude. And try some of the cooling sleepwear, these high tech pieces can help you to stay dry at night. Check out the Lusome brand for some lovely options.
Get That Hair Up:
If you have longer hair, getting it up off of your neck is a great way to cool off instantly. There are many on-trend styles like buns, pony tails, and braids. These styles allow you to look amazing, while letting your body cool off.
Pick up a few inexpensive clips and bands and experiment with what works for your hair’s length and texture. Also consider letting hair dry naturally overnight and then pull it up in the morning.
“Lastly, avoid heavy glitter, if sweat moves that into your eye, it can be painful.”
Heating up your bathroom with hair dryers and styling tools makes for a miserable dressing experience, and this trick will save you lots of time in getting ready for the day. If tendrils fall, don’t plaster them to your head, they can look amazingly sexy when they blow in the breeze.
Lighten Up The Makeup:
Less can be more in the Summer time. Consider switching over to cc cream or a powder foundation, or apply your foundation with a damp blending sponge for a lighter look and feel. Look for waterproof liners and brow products (no one wants to have their brows melt away).
Use primers and setting spray to keep what you apply in place during the day. Lightly layer the setting spray between moisturizer and foundation and apply again on top of your completed look. Before you powder, use blotting tissues to absorb oil and moisture or you will be making mudpies on your face. Lastly, avoid heavy glitter, if sweat moves that into your eye, it can be painful.
Unbind Those Feet:
Wear open shoes when appropriate. Let the air get in and dry the moisture that forms to avoid athlete’s foot. Fabric shoes can also be a a good option. Many espadrilles and city sneakers have cute options that flex with your feet and absorb moisture.
Rotate them regularly to avoid them getting smelly. Leather is better than faux options for absorbing sweat and allowing for comfort. Save your best leather pumps for cooler weather, as you do not want to stretch them with swollen feet. You may also want to lower your heels.
“Rotate them regularly to avoid them getting smelly.”
Sweaty feet can make controlling those sexy shoes difficult, and cause discomfort as your feet slide around all day. Wedges can be a good choice, as they don’t usually require as much effort to stay upright.
Change Your Bag:
If you are carrying a heavy tote or shoulder bag, ditch it. Look for a light-weight option like rattan or a small crossbody or wristlet. A heavy purse or tote bag against your body can trap in heat.
These smaller bags can also add a Summery pop of color. And trust me, once you get used to carrying less, you’ll find that you don’t miss all those items you were lugging around in those big bags.
Cooling Products For Hot Flashes:
Struggling with hot flashes on top of the hot temperatures? New products on the market now help you cool off quickly. Our friends at MOJO Menopause Cooling Spray offer a hot flash cooling spray mist for when the moment strikes.
Consider carrying a personal fan that slips into your purse. Another helpful product is the Magababe Thigh Rescue, it helps prevent chafing when those thighs get sweaty. And Boobalicious has a similar product for keeping the girls fresh.
I hope you’ll try some these ideas, tips, and products to STAY HOT while you STAY KUEL this Summer! We don’t want anything interfering with our MOXIE.
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About the Author:
Gail Scott is a 27 year veteran in the skin care and beauty industry, and loves helping women look their best. She specializes in really listening to her clients and teaching them how to get the look that they want, without wasting time, money, or products. Her interest in helping and mentoring women has lead her to a new adventure, MIDLIFE MOXIE, which is a community, lifestyle brand, and podcast all about women making this one of the best seasons of their lives.